Area residents in Big Bay and Marquette are petitioning the Marquette County Road Commission to minimize the removal of trees along the right-of-way to County Road 510 and County Road AAA for the creation of a Class A Highway to the Lundin Eagle Mine in Northern Marquette County. Lundin Mining Company is
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund was created to ensure Michiganders would always have the ability to preserve, protect and enjoy our forests, beaches, lakes and streams. The NRTF was established exclusively for acquisition and development of public land, and funding was derived from royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights. When the NRTF was voted into the Michigan Constitution in 1984 it was to be used for conservation, resource protection, public outdoor recreation and to develop outdoor recreation More…
While the upgrades to CR550 are underway, an entirely new section of road is being constructed from the mine gate to the Champion Twp-Michigamme Twp line (roughly where 595 would have ended). While the first changes to Triple A develop, the existing Triple A road will remain open and then the old section will be “obliterated” sometime afterwards. The Triple A project is being paid for by the state and More…
Below is a statement from Scott Rutherford, a U.P. resident that has decided to fast in response to the continued construction of the Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains.
Why I’m Fasting to Halt Construction of the Eagle Mine
On July 9, I began a water-only, open ended fast to protest the construction of the Eagle Mine that is being built in the Yellow Dog Plains of Marquette County by Kennecott Eagle Minerals. Kennecott is a subsidiary of the London based mining giant, Rio Tinto.
I’m undertaking the fast as a part of the U.P. Grassroots Campaign to Defend our Water and Stop the Eagle Mine organized by WAVE (Water Action Vital Earth) and SWUP (Save the Wild UP). More…
The development of a new public road will be on the agenda during the next Marquette County Road Commission meeting. The meeting is scheduled for October 7, 2010 at 6:30pm and will be held at the Ispheming Township Hall (1575 US 41). This proposed road will a likely alternative to the Woodland Road and be suited to meet the needs of a mining haul road. The proposed location, although very vague, will pass through areas that are relatively undeveloped. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will be in attendance voices concerns of our constituents about the possible consequences on our aquatic resources from road development. Please attend if you can.
As part of our mission, YDWP will continue to collect as much scientific data as we can to document the conditions of the watershed. We will be conducting a Breeding Bird Survey on June 12, 2010 and need more people to help collect information. If you like to go birding or just to be outdoors, this is a great activity for you. We will be sampling various habitats through the Yellow Dog River watershed throughout the day. If interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 906-345-9223 and ask for Nancy.